The first Social Media Breakfast, created by Bryan Person and sponsored by CustomScoop in Boston last month, attracted a great crowd of about 20 Boston-area bloggers and new media enthusiasts, and was not only a great discussion, but a lot of fun.
Much to my delight, both the crowd and the scope of the discussion have grown, with this morning’s event featuring a presentation from social media marketing guru (and DIG chairman) Larry Weber, whose insights and ideas were thought-provoking enough that the Q&A probably could have lasted long enough to turn the event into a "Social Media Lunch" as well. Also featured, a breakout session run by David Cutler, discussing monetizing the social web (find a great summary of that discussion here).
One of Larry’s ideas that struck me was his notion that CEOs shouldn’t necessarily be blogging. He followed up that remark by explaining that blogging should come more from the guts of the company, that the everyday employees could provide insights sorely lacking in posts from the C-Suite. I asked Larry for a clarification when he signed his book for me–isn’t it just as important for executives to communicate as it is for the grunts?
He admitted that the idea wasn’t black and white, but that for a bigger company a CEO blog may present more problems than it’s worth: ghostwriting, transparency issues, and (something I hadn’t thought a lick about) legal concerns. When you’re running a major corporation, sitting down to your laptop and blabbing about whatever and whoever isn’t always kosher. And if you have to run a blog post past three lawyers before you can post it…is it still a blog?
What do you think, should CEOs be set free on the blogosphere without restraint, or are Larry’s thoughts that they’re better off keeping their (or their ghostwriter’s) mouths shut the way to go?
Perhaps we can talk about it at Social Media Breakfast 3. (grin)
Crossposted from the CustomScoop blog.